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Zip line provides unique Gold Coast experience

Photos by Emily Study

Molly Skoglund, left, and Abby Barton, both 13, prepare for a ride down the Water Tower Campus’ 30-foot-tall zip line. (Photo by Emily Study)

Thirty feet tall, 125 feet long and giving “passengers” a 2-to-3 mph ride of their lives, the zip line at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus’ annual block party

was a thrill for many.

Students lined up to experience the zip line – located on East Pearson Street between Wabash Avenue and North Rush Street – on


“There aren’t many times when you can do a zip line in downtown Chicago in the heart of the loop, Rev. Jerry Overbeck, S.J., said. “It’s a unique experience that’s exhilarating, especially in this context: to be in the middle of Chicago on a street in the Gold Coast.”

Two students, Molly Skoglund and Abby Barton, both 13, made a stop at the block party after their 8th grade orientation at The Frances Xavier Warde School, located at 751 N. State St.

Skoglund and Barton had both zip lined before and said they wanted to experience it downtown.

“I’m a little nervous, but excited,” Barton said before she zip lined. “I like to do stuff randomly – I’m spontaneous.”

After zip line operator Kenny Suschank put safety harnesses on the students, Barton added, “It’s a little scary, but we’re doing it with a big group of friends, so we have a lot of support.”

About two minutes later, Skoglund and Barton were on their way down the zip line – a ride lasting less than 10 seconds.

Although Skoglund said she was hesitant while standing at the top of the stairs to the zip line, she said it was worth it in the end.

“It was fun – I was really excited,” Skoglund said.


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